Influencing the 2016 Narrative

JAN and our partner organizations engaged both parties on the urgent need to safely reduce the prison population and help those leaving our justice system successfully rejoin their communities. As a result, smart justice reform policies are featured in both the Democratic and Republican party platforms, an unprecedented point of agreement across party lines.

Daily Signal – In Cleveland, GOP Governors Up Commitments to Criminal Justice Reform

“The U.S. Justice Action Network, which hosted the event in Cleveland, targeted 12 states for criminal justice reform. In 11 of those states, legislatures passed reform bills.”

“Indeed, the party’s platform called for the creation of a task force to “purge the code” of crimes to tackle overcriminalization. The document also advocates for modifications to mandatory minimum sentencing for nonviolent offenders; those who struggle with addiction and those with mental health issues. “It’s not a Republican or a Democrat issue. It’s an American issue we should all be concerned about,” Fallin said.”

The Daily Caller – Three Red States Inspire Our Country on Justice Reform

Huffington Post – The Criminal Justice System Was A Huge Focus At The DNC. But It Can’t Stop There.

MSNBC – Holly Harris Highlights Progress Made on Justice Reform

“It’s interesting candidates on both sides of the aisle are talking about criminal justice reform policies to safely reduce the prison population and cost to taxpayers and break down barriers for the formerly incarcerated so they can find jobs, support their families and lead crime free lives. It’s really an issue that transcends politics.”

The Hill – Poll: Battleground Voters Back Criminal Justice Reform

“Over 60 percent of voters in six key battleground states say federal prisons house too many non-violent offenders, a new poll from the U.S. Justice Action Network finds.”

“Nearly 70 percent in Florida, North Carolina, Nevada, Kentucky, Missouri and Wisconsin said the federal government is spending too much tax money keeping non-violent offenders behind bars and agreed the criminal justice system should focus on rehabilitation.”

“Leaders of the U.S. Justice Action Network said on Monday that they would be taking a bipartisan push for criminal justice changes in 2016 to Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana and Maryland — states they see as ripe for legislative proposals such as one allowing offenders to seal their criminal records after steering clear of trouble for a time.”

The New York Times – Focus of Criminal Justice Efforts Shifts to States

“Leaders of the U.S. Justice Action Network said on Monday that they would be taking a bipartisan push for criminal justice changes in 2016 to Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana and Maryland — states they see as ripe for legislative proposals such as one allowing offenders to seal their criminal records after steering clear of trouble for a time.”